Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Amanda and Elyot not believe in?

2. What do Amanda and Elyot keep doing to the gramophone?

3. What does Elyot do to help recover from the triple use of their code?

4. During their final fight, what does Amanda say she'd rather do than marry Elyot?

5. According to Amanda, what did Victor love to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

2. What are Amanda's beliefs?

3. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

4. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

5. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

6. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

7. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

8. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

9. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

10. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot speak about how they used to slap each other around, culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight at the end of Act II. What is the point of the physical violence in this play? Could the play have existed without the final fight at the end of Act II? What does it show about the characters?

Essay Topic 3

The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?

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